Dematic moving GR manufacturing plant to Mexico

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Around 300 employees will lose their jobs after Dematic decided to move forward with plans to relocate its manufacturing plant in Grand Rapids to Mexico.

Dematic informed employees of their decision Tuesday morning after discussions with the United Auto Workers Union.

Most production activities will be transferred to its facility in Monterrey, Mexico, over the next several months and is expected to be finished by September 2016, according to a press release from Dematic.

The relocation will impact as many as 300 positions in fabrication, assembly, warehouse and plant administration. Dematic said their decision will not affect more than 900 other positions in sales, engineering, research and development, solution development, customer service, and administration.

Dematic first announced on Jan. 6 that it was considering plans to close its manufacturing plant in Grand Rapids over the next year in an effort to “remain cost competitive” for its customers.

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